If you want to manage containers, it's hard to think you can do better than Google's Kubernetes. After all, pretty much everything you do on Google is in a Kubernetes-managed container. So, when CoreOS started packaging Kubernetes to the private cloud, I expected great things. I mean, when was the last time a Google application blew up on you?
Since then Google has turned over Kubernetes to an open-source foundation, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. After that CoreOS, building on this, created Tectonic, an easy way to deploy Kubernetes on your private cloud.
The new enterprise features in Kubernetes that are available today in Tectonic v1.3, include:
Authorization framework: A Role-based Access Control (RBAC) authorization framework for managing user rights on a cluster, added in Kubernetes v1.3.
Enterprise authentication: Better Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) support so enterprises can leverage their existing authentication infrastructure.
Improved scalability: A new version 3 of the etcd cluster configuration storefor improved scalability and performance.
Streamlined easier installation: Graphical installation tool for bare metal environments (in beta) and a graphical installer for users on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Cluster level monitoring: Improve the manageability of Kubernetes in the enterprise with cluster-native monitoring capabilities, as requested by customers and the community.
On top of that, with the updated Tectonic Console, all infrastructure team members have a high level graphical view of the state of the cluster. The Console also now provides powerful visualization of Distributed Trusted Computing (DTC) node status. It also gives DevOps teams the ability to scale cluster application deployments at the push of a button. Interested users can try Tectonic for free with Tectonic Starter.
"CoreOS continues to work alongside companies seeking an enterprise Kubernetes solution," said Brandon Philips, CoreOS's CTO. "We're working with the Kubernetes community to drive enterprise-minded features in the project. With our mission to bring the benefits of Google's Infrastructure for Everyone (GIFEE) container cluster infrastructure to today's businesses, we guide and work together with companies on their long term strategies to adopt modern infrastructure, ready for production requirements."